By Alan Duffy
Barcelona took one huge step towards their seventh Champions League semi-final in eight seasons after securing an impressive 3-1 win away to PSG.
The Spaniards started superbly, with Lionel Messi hitting the frame of the goal early on.
The goal then came, on 18 minutes, with the Argentinian wizard setting up Neymar on 18 minutes.
Soon after that goal, the French side were forced to make a key substitution, with injured centre-half Thiago Silva replaced by David Luiz.
Without their suspended talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Laurent Blanc’s side struggled against Barca, who were the better side throughout.
The second goal eventually came on 67 minutes, with Luis Suarez firing home after a mazy dribble.
The former Liverpool man then bagged his second of the night, courtesy of a fine curling effort as the La Liga side outclassed their French opponents. Indeed, the Uruguayan nutmegged poor old David Luiz for both of his goals.
A late OG from Frenchman Jeremy Mathieu, who deflected a Gregory van der Wiel effort into his own goal, provided the hosts with a chink of light ahead of the second leg.
However, overall, Luis Enrique’s side were deserved winners and will be confident of yet another semi-final berth.
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